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Consumer Performance Test October 2023

AV-Comparatives released their latest Performance Test Report for consumer security solutions.

16 popular anti-malware programs were evaluated to assess their speed impact.

AV-Comparatives releases results of Autumn 2023 Speed-Impact Test for Consumer Antivirus Products

AV-Comparatives, a leading independent testing lab in the cybersecurity industry, is proud to release the findings of the annual Performance Test for consumer security solutions. The test, conducted in Autumn 2023, assessed the speed impact of 16 popular anti-malware programs in a range of everyday usage scenarios.

In this year’s Performance Test, we continued our tradition of rigorously evaluating antivirus products to determine their impact on system performance. The tests were carried out on a clean Windows 10 64-Bit system (English), initially without any antivirus software running, and then with the respective consumer security software installed, using default settings. An active internet connection was provided to simulate real-world conditions, taking into account the impact of cloud services and features.

To ensure accuracy, our testing environment featured a high-end machine configuration, including an Intel Core-i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and solid-state system drives (SSDs). This allowed us to provide a comprehensive assessment of each product’s speed impact in everyday usage situations. This machine configuration is defined by AV-Comparatives as “high end”, in contrast to the “low end” system used for the April 2023 Performance Test.

The Performance Test included evaluating various aspects of system performance, such as copying, archiving and unarchiving files, installing and launching applications, downloading files, and browsing websites. It’s important to note that this test specifically focuses on system speed and does not assess the protection capabilities of the antivirus products, which are thoroughly examined in our other testing categories, such as the Real-World Protection and Malware-Protection Tests.

The antivirus products tested by AV-Comparatives were Avast Free Antivirus, AVG Antivirus Free, Avira Prime, Bitdefender Internet Security, ESET Internet Security, F-Secure Internet Security, G Data Total Security, K7 Total Security, Kaspersky Internet Security, McAfee Total Protection, Microsoft Defender Antivirus, Norton Antivirus Plus, Panda Free Antivirus, TotalAV Antivirus Pro, Total Defense Essential Antivirus, and Trend Micro Internet Security.

Out of these products, a total of 13 achieved the highest award level, “ADVANCED+,” in the Performance Test. These exceptional products, listed alphabetically, are Avast, AVG, Avira, Bitdefender, ESET, K7, Kaspersky, Norton, and Panda. They demonstrated a minimal impact on system performance, providing users with a seamless and efficient computing experience.

As with all AV-Comparatives public test reports, we are committed to providing free access to our Performance Test report without any registration requirements. You can read or download the full report on our website:

AV-Comparatives remains dedicated to offering transparency and valuable insights to consumers and industry professionals. Our Performance Test is just one of the many ways we contribute to helping individuals make informed decisions about their cybersecurity solutions.